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US Music festivals ban selfie sticks

You can bring your beach towels and floral headbands, but forget that selfie stick if you’re planning to go to the Coachella or Lollapalooza music festivals.

The devices, which grasp mobile phones to allow people to take pictures of themselves farther away from their faces, are banned at the US summer festivals in Indio, California, and Chicago.

Coachella dismissed them as “narcissists” on a list of prohibited items.

Selfie sticks have become a popular but polemical photo-taking tool: Avid picture takers like snapping their own shots in front of monuments and sunsets, but critics dismiss them as obnoxious and potentially dangerous to others around them.

Lollapalooza Twitter account said the decision was being made “for safety, to speed security checks at the gate & to reduce the number of obstructions between the fans and the stage”.

Coachella and Lollapalooza are among dozens of big events and landmarks taking a stand against the sticks.

In Europe, the Palace of Versailles outside Paris, Britain’s National Gallery in London and the Colosseum in Rome have all banned selfie sticks, saying they need to protect exhibits on display and ensure the safety of visitors.

In the US, Ultra Music Festival in Miami, one of the world’s largest electronic music festivals, also prohibited selfie sticks at last weekend’s event.

“They will be turned away and we’ll probably make fun of you,” Ultra said on its Twitter account.

Wayne Fromm, creator of the Quik Pod and the first to patent the selfie stick more than a decade ago, said he understood the decision for museums and festivals to ban the stick and that the intention was never for the device to be fully extended in busy spaces.

“Intentionally or not, there is a danger to other people in crowded places,” he told The Associated Press.

He is working on a new selfie-taking tool that will accomplish the same tasks without so many problems.

Some concertgoers praised the decision, saying the sticks promote a culture of narcissism and detracted from the festival experience.

 

Source: AP via AAP

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